Know Before You Go this Memorial Day!

Release Date: May 26, 2021

Contact(s): Venetia Gempler 208-373-4105

Photo of tent next to lake in Trinities


BOISE, Idaho, May 27, 2021--Boise National Forest employees would like to welcome visitors planning an adventure within the Forest this the Memorial Day weekend and encourage everyone to Know Before You Go and practice the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace.


Anyone planning on recreating within the Boise National Forest over the weekend will find most lower elevation campgrounds open with services. For a list of campgrounds opening dates  go to:


Please check with your local Forest Service office for current campground, road and trail conditions. Campground reservations are only available in advance at or by phone at 1-877-444-6777. Campsites may be really hard to find this weekend and reservable sites are booked. Have a Plan B, C or D.

 Emmett RD - Boiling Springs Campground


For your safety, please do not to attempt to travel on any roads and trails at higher elevations that have remaining snowpack. In addition to the possibility of getting stuck without available rescue service and no cell service, driving on or off muddy roads and trails causes damage to the resources.


Please let someone know where you are going and when to expect you to return. Have an emergency plan in place. Conditions and temperatures are unpredictable and good preparation can save hours of discomfort.


Forest visitors are encouraged to download Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) using the Avenza app. to find out what roads and trails are open to motorized and nonmotorized use. You can also stop by a Boise NF District office (call ahead for opening hours), or the Visitor information Center at 1387 S. Vinnell Way in Boise, to buy a Forest map and pick up free 2021 MVUM.


Another important reminder is to be sure to put your campfire out when leaving your campsite for the day or for the weekend. If it is too hot to touch the embers in your fire ring it is too hot to leave, make sure it is cold to the touch. Have a great holiday and remember, whatever you pack in please pack out, especially your garbage.